Dear Readers,

One of my favorite things about springtime is the ritual of shedding all the layers that we’ve accumulated during the winter. The scarves and coats come off, we snuggle less deeply under the blanket while curled up with a book, and instead of boots paired with thick socks we grab our comfy sandals instead. As our sweaters return to their closets, we open ourselves up to the sunshine and warmer weather.

During the spring season, I often find myself drawn to books with characters who also have to peel back a lot of layers. Maybe they are afraid certain secrets will come to light, or they must learn to face a past trauma head-on. Perhaps they even have a tricky mystery to solve! In this collection of books, you’ll find two WWI veterans learning to heal amid a family feud, a married couple hunting war criminals in post-WWII Berlin, a woman helping to solve a small-town cold case while putting herself in the crosshairs, two people dancing around their mutual attraction for each other in the ballrooms of Regency-era England, and a star Manhattan chef who must uncover the truth of his family’s past.

Be sure to head on over to too for more bookish fun, and look for my next round of recommendations in the magazine’s summer issue! More Down Home Reads are on the way, so don’t go far, y’all!


Happy Reading,

Jodi Thomas

Jodi's Current Book Selections

Calling all Yellowstone fans! America’s frontier comes to vivid live in this inspiring saga of love, hope, and endurance in 1919 Montana, as conflicts between two rival ranching dynasties threaten to tear the town - and a newfound love – apart.

Inspired by real-life husband and wife Nazi hunters, this thrilling, high-stakes novel follows one couple’s relentless pursuit of a fugitive Nazi scientist in the aftermath of WWII.

Pike, Wisconsin is a small town with more secrets than residents, and as a woman searches for the truth about a long-ago night, a killer prepares to silence her forever in this bone-chilling romantic thriller.

You’re invited to the Regency ball of the season thrown by Elegant Occasions – the talk-of-the-ton trio of women who run a party planning enterprise. When they band together nothing is impossible, even finding a love match of their own!

From Colombian refugee to rising star in New York’s culinary world, Mateo always dreamed his cooking would bring people together…until a mysterious illness threatens to tear it all apart in this page-turner from bestselling author Fern Michaels. Perfect for fans of Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel!

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